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131-5071 The Centerville–Fentress Historic District

The Centerville–Fentress Historic District
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NPS property number 03000562

The Centerville-Fentress Historic District encompasses an area of 257 acres on a historic land route between Norfolk and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It features 24 contributing and 33 noncontributing resources. In the 1880s, the railroad, along with a new connecting road to the nearby Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, contributed to the prosperity of the community. Parcels of farmland where sold around the crossroads area where the railroad and major transportation routes converged to form a small community core consisting primarily of vernacular versions of Colonial Revival and Craftsman houses. Fifty years later, as the railroad industry declined, the community suffered as well.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018